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Champlin Foundation awards $18M to Rhode Island nonprofits

Dec. 3, 2020 10:13 AM EST

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — The Champlin Foundation is awarding $18 million in grants to Rhode Island nonprofits, including a theater, community organizations and mental health providers. The Cranston-based foundation announced the grants, which will go to 188 different organizations in the state, on Tuesday. ...

Vaccine legislative panel hears from health experts

Dec. 3, 2020 9:47 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A legislative panel put together to help oversee the distribution of coronavirus vaccines in Rhode Island heard from two health experts at its first meeting. Lawmakers on Wednesday asked the experts how to prioritize who gets the vaccine, if the vaccines are safe, what can be done...

Mitchell leads Rhode Island past Seton Hall 76-63

Dec. 2, 2020 10:11 PM EST

KINGSTON, R.I. (AP) — Makhi Mitchell recorded 11 points and 11 rebounds to carry Rhode Island to a 76-63 win over Seton Hall on Wednesday night. Fatts Russell had 17 points for Rhode Island (3-2). Jeremy Sheppard added 14 points. Ishmael Leggett had 11 points. Sandro Mamukelashvili had 25 points and 10...

Prison medical director resigns; gyms ordered closed

Dec. 2, 2020 3:22 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The state Department of Corrections medical director is stepping down as Rhode Island's prison system deals with a spike in coronavirus cases. The Providence Journal reported Dr. Jennifer Clarke's last day is Friday after working for the department since 1998. Corrections Director...

Charges dropped over former legislator's underweight horse

Dec. 2, 2020 12:23 PM EST

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (AP) — Charges of animal mistreatment brought against a former state representative related to an underweight horse have been dropped, prosecutors said. The charges of animal mistreatment against former state Rep. Amy Rice, of Portsmouth, could not be substantiated, the state's attorney...

Democratic Tucson Mayor Regina Romero is seen at the State of the State address at the Arizona Capitol, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, in Phoenix. Romero called for a nighttime curfew Monday, Nov. 30, 2020, in Tucson to prevent the spread of COVID-19, saying the virus is spreading rapidly and hospitals in southern Arizona are on the verge of a crisis. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

The Latest: Tucson votes in mandatory nightly curfew

Dec. 2, 2020 12:17 AM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. -- At the urging of Mayor Regina Romero, the Tucson City Council voted Tuesday night to establish a mandatory nightly curfew for three weeks in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19. The 10 p.m.-to-5 a.m. curfew will take effect Friday and run through Dec. 23. Romero says she sought the curfew...

PawSox to host virtual yard sale this weekend

Dec. 1, 2020 5:18 PM EST

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) — The Pawtucket Red Sox will conduct a “Virtual BallYard Sale” selling 1,000 authentic player jerseys, game-used equipment, autographed baseballs and more. The sale will start at 10 a.m. on Saturday and will be hosted on the PawSox Facebook & Twitter accounts, the...

FILE - In this May 31, 2008, file photo, Rhode Island School of Design outgoing president Roger Mandle, right, introduces his successor John Maeda, left, during RISD's commencement in Providence, R.I. The school said Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, that Mandle, who served as president from 1993 to 2008, has died. He was 79. (AP Photo/Stew Milne, File)

Acclaimed art scholar, ex-RISD president Roger Mandle dies

Dec. 1, 2020 4:49 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Roger Mandle, an internationally renowned art scholar and the former longtime president of the Rhode Island School of Design, has died, RISD said Tuesday. He was 79. Mandle died Saturday in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, after a long battle with cancer, the school said in a statement. A...

Body found near highway rest stop treated as a homicide

Dec. 1, 2020 4:08 PM EST

CUMBERLAND, R.I. (AP) — The body of a Providence man who had least been seen nearly a month ago has been found in a wooded area near a highway, and the death is being investigated as a homicide, authorities said Tuesday. Hikers found the man’s body in the woods near a rest stop along Interstate 295...

A passenger gets swabbed for COVID-19 at a testing site at the convention center in Providence, R.I, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Rhode Island opens field hospitals as hospitalizations surge

Dec. 1, 2020 3:27 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island has opened two field hospitals that combined have more than 900 beds as the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in the state reached a new high. There were 410 patients in the state’s hospitals with the disease as of Sunday, the most recent date for which...